Counseling Services

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Professional Counseling Services in Austin, Tx

Gate Healing, PLLC is a trusted counseling service located in the beautiful West Lake Hills, TX. Our experienced therapists are dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment where individuals and couples can seek guidance and find effective solutions to their concerns. Whether you’re facing personal challenges, seeking self-improvement, or looking to enhance your overall well-being, our counseling services are designed to meet your unique needs.

We offer personalized counseling services that provide a safe and comfortable space to discuss your concerns and explore strategies for personal growth. Our therapists are skilled in tailoring therapy sessions to your unique personality and circumstances. We aim to equip you with valuable skills and insights to navigate future issues confidently.


Gate Healing, PLLC understands that everyone’s counseling journey is unique. We offer flexible therapy options that can be short-term, medium-term, or long-term, depending on your individual needs. Whether you require just a few sessions or ongoing support, our therapists are here to empower you and provide guidance when you need it most.

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A large brown leather recliner and a vintage leather chair with a bookshelf in the counseling office of Gate Healing, PLLC


We work with adults and teens ages 13 and up. Jonathan uses a Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy approach that incorporates elements of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, and the Gottman Method of Couples Counseling for relationship work.

A large brown leather recliner and a vintage leather chair with a bookshelf in the counseling office of Gate Healing, PLLC

Counseling is a process that people seek out in order to deal with life’s challenges. Learn more at the American Counseling Association website.

Counseling Services FAQ’s

Where are you located?

The counseling office is in West/Central Austin, about halfway between Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) and Mopac (Loop 1) on Bee Caves Road.  This is about 5 minutes from both Downtown and Barton Creek Mall. Our address is:

Gate Healing, PLLC
3939 Bee Caves Rd, Ste A-203
West Lake Hills, Tx 78746

Is there any risk that our conversations will be disclosed to others, such as my job, spouse, or friends?

No, our conversations are protected by federal laws regarding privacy. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance, and I would never betray your trust by sharing information about our sessions with anyone. Federal laws on confidentiality mean that I cannot confirm or deny that I know you unless you discuss actual or suspected cases of child abuse, elder abuse, abuse of the disabled, or if somebody’s life is in immediate danger. In these cases, I am required by law to report to the appropriate authorities to ensure the safety of people potentially at risk.

How long are the counseling sessions?

Each session lasts 45 minutes, but I don’t cut you off as soon as that time is up. I leave 15 minutes between sessions to take notes and prepare for the next session. If you feel like 45 minutes isn’t enough time, we can schedule double sessions that last 90 minutes.

What happens if I bump into you in public?

I will always respect your privacy and follow your lead. If we happen to see each other in public, I won’t come up to you and say “hello” unless you initiate contact. If you do say hello, I’ll be happy to respond, but I won’t disclose any information about you to anyone you may be with.

How do I know you won’t try to keep me in counseling longer than I need to be?

I don’t see clients as revenue streams, and my goal is always to help you get to a place where you don’t need me as soon as possible. Generally, most people find that they get their needs met within 6-10 sessions. However, everyone is different, and more severe cases may require longer treatment. I will let you know when it’s time to scale back sessions, and I expect that you’ll let me know how you’re feeling as well.

If you no longer need intensive therapy but would like to continue seeing me on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis to process daily life, that’s perfectly fine as long as we’re both clear that you don’t “need” me at the therapeutic level where we started. You can also get in touch on an as-needed basis.

Can I ask you personal questions?

Of course! While our sessions are primarily about you, it’s not uncommon for clients to want to know more about their therapist. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about my background, experience, and training, and you may even want to know a little bit about me as a person. While some questions may be too personal or may shift the focus of our sessions, I’ll be honest with you about what I can and cannot answer.

Do I need to be mindful of my language during sessions?

While I’m not easily offended, I do expect that our sessions won’t be full of unnecessary, abusive, or distracting language. Cursing is perfectly fine if it’s part of expressing your emotions and intensity. However, if I notice that it’s keeping you stuck or ramping you up, I’ll address it with you.

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Jonathan F. Anderson, LPC-s has worked in the helping profession since he started college in 1990. After completing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas, Austin in 1994, he attended the highly-regarded University of Minnesota to earn his Master’s degree in 1997. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is recognized as a Board Approved Supervisor by the State of Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. Jonathan has completed Level-2 of the Gottman Method of Couples Counseling, and in 1998 received training from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation in Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management & Debriefing. To learn more about Jonathan’s practice, click here: Jonathan F. Anderson, LPC-s.

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